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we look forward to working with sfmta and the sfcta to do the technical analysis required to make this vision into the kind of implemented all projects that the city can pursue. now i want to bring up howard levitt, the director of communication for the golden gate national recreation area, one of our most important federal partners. it gives you a sense of why spur ended up being involved, because it crosses jurisdictional boundaries, working with federal, state, and local agencies. they have been an amazing partner. welcome, howard. >> thank you very much. i am delighted to be here representing the men and women of the national park service here in san francisco. we are privileged to manage the western edge of this magnificent urban corridor, world class urban corridor. and, mayor lee, i appreciate your shout out for the
importance bird. our former superintendent --on current superintendent reiterates what our former superintendent said, that it all begins with a vision. i think the ocean beach master plan constitutes a magnificent vision for this corridor. we, too, look forward to moving on into the implementation phase and bringing some reality to this. but it has been our honor and privilege to work with ben and the excellent team at spur that he has assembled with our colleagues, from the business sector, from the cadres of wonderfully elected officials we have, our colleagues with rec and park, and public works and the other agencies here in san francisco. it has really been almost a poster child for a collaborative
effort, and we're honored to have been part of it. we cannot wait to get into the exciting next phase of implementation. thank you. [applause] >> thank you very much for your kind words. next, we will hear from the director of the san francisco zoo. needless to say, a critical participant and stakeholder in this process. >> thank you very much. a zebra did not escape the zoo. it is me. [laughter] thank you for coming to this part ofz5 we are reminded that this treasure is being lost. the zoo feels it has to be part of the solution and dialogue. we have to conserve wildlife and wild things. this has to be one of our highest priorities. thank you all for coming together on this. thank you. [applause] >> thank you very much. next, we're going to hear from a couple community partners. on the issue of this not being
the end, but rather, the end of the first chapter and the wanted to mention that as a result of this amazing collaborative work, and it is really this group of people and men -- many of the folks in the public as well,; been awarded over';#í funding to pursue a implementation studies and carry these ideas forward to the next level, do that technical work, doing the challenging effort of converting the big ideas into real projects that can be implemented on the ground. with that, i want to bring up laura, 2 has been working on this in bringing these issues to the attention of -- who has been working on this and bringing these issues to the attention of the city. she was there from the beginning of the process, having already put in a decade on this. [applause] >> thank you. good morning. i am a resident and business
owner out here. and one of the biggest privileges i have had is to have been involved in a very long community process, combined effort to create a sustainable future for ocean beach. we began in 1998 with mayer brown's ocean beach task force, which was a very large body of local, state, federal agencies, community members, environmental groups, community groups, and we met for f part of what is the most proud of from that effort is creating the difference stakeholders and starting to create what i feel is a good foundation for the amazing and cooperative effort that we see today with all of our civic leaders. mayor newsom appointed the ocean beach vision council in 2007
where we continued the conversation. then in a 2009-2010, we started the spur process. i had the privilege of co- chairing the advisory committee with amy meyer,h leader, a community leader for tgnra. each of these councils still fund the work of the former, and countless individuals and organizations submitted so much time and vision, and that has been an amazing process to be a part of. i want to thankd our civic leaders that are here today for the amazing cooperation, a vision, energy, a commitment, and support towards this process. it has been an amazing privilege to work tospur and have that opera to -- to work with;hwnmpl
and have that opportunity as a lay person to be involved. the vision took all of the ever -- other efforts and brought it to the realities we're seeing today which is incredibly inspiring and very gratifying for all of us out here that are so passionate about this beach. i also want to acknowledge former superintendent of tgnra, brian o'neill, who, as i am sure we all do, really wish to be here today to see how far we have come. he really was excited to start working with a really strong focus. i know he is here in spirit. finally, i would like to express my gratitude to all of the community members and environmental groups and organizations that have really kept this thread going in order
to bring it along with all of our leaders, including san francisco's surf riders, save friends of sutro park, golden gate, audubon, a coalition that saved ocean beach, and there are also great individuals, including bob, who was not here today, but he has-wuyurç contrin many giveaways. thank you all. thank you for being here. looking forward to the next phase. [applause] >> thank you very, very much. last but most certainly not least, we're going to hear from amy meyer. if you look up and down the speech, you look up to lands' end and you cast your mind's eye to the presidio, down the
peninsula to the open spaces there, the crown jewel windows the golden gate recreational area would not exist without the efforts of amy meyer. [applause] she got interested in a small land use issue in her neighborhood, and that became give us one of the greatest depths that we could possibly imagine living here. she has also been the honorary co-share of our planning advisory committee and a wonderful champion of this project -- co-gtjx4uechair of r planning advisory committee. >> thank you. we're going to be celebrating this year the 40th birthday ggnra. i can tell you something about its early time. that is right, this started with 12.5 acres. it is now 80,000 acres in three counties. it runs all the way almost to the top of the marin county to
the middle of san mateo county. the whole idea was to take this fantastic coast and the injury of the golden gatev a national park, because that is what it deserved to be. what is so wonderful about this project, and i feel i have been privileged to work on it, as been that it is not just a matter of connecting the coast line and the environment, but really connecting this part of our park to the city itself, making it possible so that people will be able to enjoy this place746 it needs real politician or improvement will be improved upon, and where it needs being simply retained and kept because of everything, from the threat of climate change to changes in our society, that this will happen and can happen in good form as a result of this plan that has now
come to completion. this rests upon the whole -- the whole park rested upon the fact that people in this area thought this was one of the most beautiful places in the entire world, and they were determined to save it and keep it. the idea that this group here and the people who have not been able to come here today, it is an enormous number of people. in this city and the two adjoining counties who really have worked to make this possible. so come in the fall and celebrate our birthday, because this park is one heck of a special place. thank you. [applause] >> thank you so much. i wanted to acknowledge peter from the army corps of engineers, an important federal partner. they have an incredible role to play in the future shipping7
the beach and some of the great opportunity for solution to challenges. the last group of folks to acknowledges our consultant team. nelson from transportation. sure what design engineers on the sustainability. and infrastructure. esa, pwa, bob on coastal engineering. and they are hiding in the back and deserving of special recognition, ana and her team, ae com, who did amazing materials that translated a complicated set of circumstances into materials that conveyed the mayan a simple and accessible way to the public. thank you so much. i want to thank you all for sb÷s beautiful summer stay at ocean beach in hanging in through a lot of talking. i especially want to thank mayor
>> good morning. i am darlene bryant, your mc for this morning. the first economic and trade seminar here in our beautiful city. city hall in san francisco. housekeeping items. you'll notice on your chair there is a little box. we're having simultaneous interpreting. you will find these. insert into the box, turn it on, put it on your head and did not to get out of this room. if you leave, leave it on the chair, we will pick it up afterward. if you have a problem, there is a little room and they can take care of it for you. problems with their headsets,
there is a little room, someone will take care of it for you. restrooms to my left. and please, turn your cell phones off. ok? thank you. i want to say this event would not be possible to do without the general sponsorship of the mayor's office. thank you, mayor ed lee. also the ministry of the commerce of china, supported by the governor's office. thank you so much. the lieutenant governor is here of course. i would like to mention that we do have some honorable mentions in here. first of all, my boss, hon. ed lee. mayor of san francisco. i would like to add our first chinese mayor in san francisco. the vice minister of the ministry of commerce from beijing.
[applause] welcome. next to my former boss, the hon. gavin newsom, lieutenant governor of california. the hon. counsel general of the people's republic of china. [applause] the minister of the embassy of the people's republic of china and the united states, based in washington, d.c.. and charlotte schultz, mr. mike rossi, senior adviser on jobs for governor brown. also officials from the delegation. the director-general of the department of foreign investment and administration. mr. wong shi.
and mr. -- the commercial counselor of the department of corporation. and the director-general of the investment promotion agency of the ministry of commerce in china. we have more. the chairman of the tschida chamber of commerce -- china chamber of commerce. and from the china contractors association. and the president of the foreign trade and economic relations commission. and the deputy director general, department of commerce of the inner mongolia, autonomous region. the director of economic and
trade office of [unintelligible] province. i would like to mention that locally, we have a city council member from fremont, ms. sue chan and supervisor malia cohen is in the house. thank you for coming. i remember not long ago when vice-president -- the vice- president visited the united states and i traveled to los angeles with our mayor at the time and what an event. and now a few months later, san francisco is probably hosting the seminar with the ministry of commerce. it shows that our golden mountain continues to attract chinese. has never stopped since the 1800's and because san francisco continues to be the city of innovation and full of peril spirit, we will continue to seek an inflow of inbound chinese businessmen and investors. may i invite our mayor, edwin lee, to the podium? [applause]
>> thank you. good morning. i want to of course repeat our warm welcome, ladies and gentleman, to the vice minister and his delegation here. to the council general and his wonderful work and to our lieutenant governor, gavin newsom is here. our senior adviser, mr. rossi and those of you from fremont and san jose and around the bay area, thank you for being here on this first china-united states state and regional economic and trade discussion. as you know, san francisco has been home to the biggest and the oldest chinatown in the united states. and so, there could not be a more appreciative place to hold this conference. i will say as i said earlier to
the vice minister that it is interesting to note to and i am a student of our chinese history. in the 1800's as darlene has mentioned, many of the ancestors came over from china and whether it was for economic opportunity or search of gold, it is interesting to know that today we're of course seeing our contemporaries coming to invest and look for partnerships opportunities in the united states and in san francisco. it is a very nice twist. i am proud to say that san francisco is the innovation capital of the world. and we have been dubbed the center for clean technology in the united states. our goal of reaching the zero waste in 20/20 -- 2020 is a real goal.
. companies are popping up in our city. we recently signed a memorandum of understanding in beijing with the national energy conservation center where our leader of our economic development represented our city. in agreeing to sustain and share the best practices as it relates to energy efficiency and sustainability and of course, which my good friend and our u.s. ambassador, gary locke, had washed over. not to mention that we're the home to the california institute of regenerative madison -- medicine. mission bay is a destination for those who want to make history in by a life sciences and biotech discoveries. -- vio lifbio life scientists ad
biotech discoveries. u2 -- for making that a cause for future generations and we will discover in that corridor those live science drugs that will help us end these dreadful diseases for generations to come. thank you, lieutenant governor. [applause] i wanted to welcome the delegates who come here under the leadership of the vice minister and of course in his capacity as not only the vice ministry of commerce, but also the china investment and promotion agencies and to the many companies are here in attendance, you represent that cross-section of companies from diverse backgrounds and discipline throughout the bay area. i want to welcome you here to this great seminar to wish you a great conversation and an
intelligent one, and one that hopefully will discuss the many more ways that we can not only do business, but to work together to solve the world's problems. this is what happens here in san francisco. we cannot just talk about the problems. we will try to discover ways to solve them. this is, i think, the essence of why this ministry is here today. i want to also congratulate and thank the state of california for its investment in the bay area and in our city and to know that we want to and we wish to help lead this conversation and these discoveries with our friends in china. thank you and welcome back to the old gold mountain. thank you. [applause] >> thank you, mr. mayor.
we had the opportunity yesterday in sacramento to visit. thank you for your stewardship and strong support of our efforts here not only in san francisco, but across the state. and to mayor lee, thank you for example, your leadership, your stewardship, and her strong support and wisdom of identifying a great leader of china sf and darlene chu, carrying the torch for the board of directors. there are a number of you assembled here and you have done an extraordinary job to demonstrate our commitment not just rhetorically but substantively in terms of engaging in defiance -- advancing our collective efforts to focus on trade and exports. to the entire team that have been at the helm for decades now, here in san francisco supporting our efforts to reach out to china on behalf of them, dianne feinstein who established our sister city our protocol
chief, i am honored to be here. a 12 take a brief moment to say a few things on behalf of the state of california. like san francisco, california has always been a state of dreamers, and doors, and entrepreneurs. a state head -- that has prided itself of being on the leading and cutting edge of new ideas. we're one of the most diversity's, san francisco is the largest per-capita chinese population of many in the united states in the most diverse state in the world's most averse democracy. the delegation will appreciate this as you walk the streets of san francisco at our best as it is across the state. people are living and a dancing together across every conceivable and imaginable difference. i have believed the world looks to us to say it is -- if it is possible toiv